Sunday, January 4, 2015, free admission for all citizens residing in Rome will be granted in all the museums of the civic network (except the exhibition of the Ara Pacis Museum).
The Municipal Museum Network of Rome comprises an extremely diverse group of museum spaces and archaeological sites, of huge artistic and historical value. As well as the Capitoline Museums, the oldest public museum in the world, the museums that make up the System include the Museum of Rome, which gathers together the most important examples of the art history of Rome from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the nineteenth century, MACRO, a museum for those interested in contemporary art, the museum of the Villa Torlonia, a perfect meeting point of nature and culture, and the Planetarium and the Astronomical Museum, an ideal destination for anyone wanting to encounter the new frontiers of science. In 2006 it has been enriched by the acquisition of several prestigious new spaces, including the Museum of the Altar of Peace, designed by Richard Meier, and the Carlo Bilotti Museum in the Villa Borghese's Orangery, which contains a collection of works by De Chirico.
The wide scope of what is on offer and the numerous initiatives (events and temporary exhibitions) this System of museums hosts, makes it unique in Italy.
Summary of regulations that govern entry to municipal museums and archaeological sites
Free admission (for which a special free ticket is issued), except for the Ara Pacis new exhibition space, in application of the exemptions provided for by current legislation:
- to residents in the city of Rome under 18, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome;
- to residents in the city of Rome over 65 years of age;
- to residents in the city of Rome with an income below € 15,000.00, upon presentation of the certificate ISEE;
- to all children under 6 years of age;
- to EU tourist guides on production of a valid permit issued by the relevant authority;
- to EU tourist interpreters when their assistance is required alongside the guide, on production of a valid permit issued by the relevant authority;
- to ICOM (International Council of Museums), ICOMOS (International Council on Monument and Sites) members, foreign and Italian cultural institutes (such as the Lincei Academy, the Institute of Roman Studies, the Friends of the Museums of Rome, ICCROM, the Central Institute of Restoration) members, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- for study or research reasons, certified by Italian or foreign schools or universities, academies, research and cultural institutes , departments of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities or other offices of Rome City Administration, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- to all visitors during Week of Culture and the anniversary of Rome’s foundation (Natale di Roma), except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- to all visitors in occasion of cultural events in Rome, organized by the City Administration or under an European directive or Ministerial initiative
- to school groups accompanied by their teachers with a list agreed by the head of the institution, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- to EU teachers and students of Architecture, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Educational Science and degree courses in literature or literary subjects specializing in archaeological or art history in philosophy and letters faculties. Free admission is granted to students when showing a valid certificate of registration for the current academic year, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- to EU teachers and students of Fine Arts Academies or corresponding institutions. Free admission is granted to students when showing a valid certificate of registration for the current academic year, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- to Roma Pass holders, when visiting the first 2 museums and/or archaeological sites
- to students holding a “Student Card” issued by the Provincial Board of the Students of Rome, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- to the citizens of Paris, in accordance with reciprocal agreement made when Rome and Paris were twinned, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- to prominent guests of the City of Rome Administration during special events;
- to visitors with disabilities and a family member or a carer who can prove that they belong to social and health care services ;
- to blood donors and a companion during the Summer Blood Donation Campaign (1 July 2014 – 15 October 2014), presenting a thank you letter (for the bloodletting) issued by the Municipality of Rome. except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome;
- to employees of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of the City of Rome, as well as to archaeologists, art historians and architects of the Archaeological Superintendence of Rome, the Superintendence of Monuments of Rome, Rome Museum Complex, requiring access for study or research reasons, upon presentation of their personal badge;
- to journalists upon presentation of suitable proof of professional activity
- only for the MACRO Museum, to members of cultural associations, foundations and institutions linked to the museum by reciprocal relationships;
- to all visitors for the European Heritage Days, except for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome
- group family rate - to groups formed by 1 parent with 1 or 2 children under the age of 18 years - one full price admission.
Concessionary fares (for which will be issued a concessionary ticket), are available in all museums and archaeological sites with the exception for the shows held at the Planetarium of Rome and for the Ara Pacis new exhibition space, for:
- visitors aged between 6 and 25
- residents in the city of Rome aged between the age of 18 and 25 years;
- visitors aged over 65 years of age;
- teachers of state and city schools with permanent contracts ;
- Bibliocard holders when showing the Bibiocard
- for promotional initiatives, aimed at tourist, cultural and sport promotion;
- ATAC and Metrebus annual pass holders;
- Roma Pass holders, when visiting the third museums and/or archaeological sites onwards.
The Museums of the Municipality are covered by the Roma Pass, the first cultural tourism card in the capital, which offers price benefits and services that make visiting the city easier.
Roma Pass allows:
- free entry the first 2 museums and/or archaeological sites of your choice
- free admission includes the exhibition held in the museum
- reduced ticket prices to all other museums and/or archaeological sites visited thereafter
- free admission to the following museums: Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina, Museo Bilotti a Villa Borghese, Museo Canonica, Museo delle Mura, Museo Napoleonico and Villa di Massenzio (during Roma Pass validity period and in addition to the 2 free admissions)